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Wedding Wishing Well Ideas


Becoming quite popular wishing wells are making more of an appearance at weddings across Australia. Used to help the Bride and Groom on their newly married life, some couples set the wells up for guests to enclose monetary gifts which will then go towards setting up home, paying for their honeymoon (or extra spending money for their honeymoon), paying for the reception or a donation towards a charity (which is my favourite use of the wedding wishing well).

The most common shape for the wishing well is the box or chest. Some couples have used ornate, decorative birdcages or books as wishing wells. If you are looking at having a wishing well set up at your reception you want to make it fit in and look pretty – not a plain clunky box on a table. It all comes down to the presentation, and have I got some ideas for you!

Pink Frosting sell wishing wells, so pretty that after your wedding you can use them to decorate your home or as storage for special keepsakes (when you start having children you could keep their mementos in the wishing well).  To add that extra touch to the display of your wishing well, include other decorations around it such as a framed poem or photo and a big bouquet of flowers in a lovely vase behind or off to the side of the box. Tie a ribbon around the middle of the box or embellish with crystals. Incorporate your theme – if say you are having a beach wedding, set the wishing well with shells, starfish, coral or small pieces of driftwood. In an antique-looking frame have a classic love poem relating to the ocean in it. For example, a love poem written by poet E. E. Cummings 1894 - 1962

Love is more thicker than forget

love is more thicker than forget

more thinner than recall

more seldom than a wave is wet

more frequent than to fail


it is most mad and moonly

and less it shall unbe

than all the sea which only

is deeper than the sea


love is less always than to win

less never than alive

less bigger than the least begin

less littler than forgive

it is most sane and sunly

and more it cannot die

than all the sky which only

is higher than the sky

For the paper, stain it with tea bags or brush moist ground coffee granules over it to give it that touch of antique.

For a honeymoon wishing well, set the box onto an old and tattered map, with a little toy aeroplane and mini Eiffel tower (with the Eiffel tower print behind it). Attach to the box little travel tags and have boarding pass cards, postcards or “passports” cards (folded card with the passport emblem on the front) for your guests to write on, place their gift in and then stamp up with a “Visa” stamp before placing in the wishing well.

For the clear, modern wishing well, why not place on the base of the box little LED cubes and cover over with clear acrylic beads or crystals. With the LED lights on and changing colour, the wishing well will definitely stand out at your reception as the light filters through the acrylic crystals. Most couples will make a note of the wishing well on their invitation or include a separate card with a wishing well poem about it to give their guests a heads up that monetary donations are preferred. However, people may forget this and on the day may have the money but no envelope to place the money into. For this, next to the wishing well have a beautiful pen, some lovely cards and envelopes for your guests to write their well wishes and enclose their gift to place in the well. You don’t want loose notes amongst the envelopes, especially if you are using one of the clear wishing well boxes.

Australia’s #1 Wedding Shop not only has the perfect wishing well for your perfect wedding, but you can also pick up the extra touches to decorate your wishing well with and stationery to provide for your guests to use when it comes time to place their gift in the wishing well.

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